U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: Aug 18, 2022
(a) Efficient, economical, and effective requirement. The title IV-E agency's CCWIS must support the efficient, economical, and effective administration of the title IV-B and IV-E plans pursuant to section 474(a)(3)(C)(iv) of the Act by:
(1) Improving program management and administration by maintaining all program data required by federal, state or tribal law or policy;
(2) Appropriately applying information technology;
(3) Not requiring duplicative application system development or software maintenance; and
(4) Ensuring costs are reasonable, appropriate, and beneficial.
(b) CCWIS data requirements. The title IV-E agency's CCWIS must maintain:
(1) Title IV-B and title IV-E data that supports the efficient, effective, and economical administration of the programs including:
(i) Data required for ongoing federal child welfare reports;
(ii) Data required for title IV-E eligibility determinations, authorizations of services, and expenditures under IV-B and IV-E;
(iii) Data to support federal child welfare laws, regulations, and policies; and
(iv) Case management data to support federal audits, reviews, and other monitoring activities;
(2) Data to support state or tribal child welfare laws, regulations, policies, practices, reporting requirements, audits, program evaluations, and reviews;
(3) For states, data to support specific measures taken to comply with the requirements in section 422(b)(9) of the Act regarding the state's compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act; and
(4) For each state, data for the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System.
(c) Reporting requirements. The title IV-E agency's CCWIS must use the data described in paragraph (b) of this section to:
(1) Generate, or contribute to, required title IV-B or IV-E federal reports according to applicable formatting and submission requirements; and
(2) Generate, or contribute to, reports needed by state or tribal child welfare laws, regulations, policies, practices, reporting requirements, audits, and reviews that support programs and services described in title IV-B and title IV-E.
(d) Data quality requirements. (1) The CCWIS data described in paragraph (b) of this section must:
(i) Meet the most rigorous of the applicable federal, and state or tribal standards for completeness, timeliness, and accuracy;
(ii) Be consistently and uniformly collected by CCWIS and, if applicable, child welfare contributing agency systems;
(iii) Be exchanged and maintained in accordance with confidentiality requirements in section 471(a)(8) of the Act, and 45 CFR 205.50, and 42 U.S.C. 5106a(b)(2)(B)(viii) through (x) of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, if applicable, and other applicable federal and state or tribal laws;
(iv) Support child welfare policies, goals, and practices; and
(v) Not be created by default or inappropriately assigned.
(2) The title IV-E agency must implement and maintain automated functions in CCWIS to:
(i) Regularly monitor CCWIS data quality;
(ii) Alert staff to collect, update, correct, and enter CCWIS data;
(iii) Send electronic requests to child welfare contributing agency systems to submit current and historical CCWIS data to the CCWIS;
(iv) Prevent, to the extent practicable, the need to re-enter data already captured or exchanged with the CCWIS; and
(v) Generate reports of continuing or unresolved CCWIS data quality problems.
(3) The title IV-E agency must conduct biennial data quality reviews to:
(i) Determine if the title IV-E agency and, if applicable, child welfare contributing agencies, meet the requirements of paragraphs (b), (d)(1), and (d)(2) of this section; and
(ii) Confirm that the bi-directional data exchanges meet the requirements of paragraphs (e) and (f) of this section, and other applicable ACF regulations and policies.
(4) The title IV-E agency must enhance CCWIS or the electronic bi-directional data exchanges or both to correct any findings from reviews described at paragraph (d)(3) of this section.
(5) The title IV-E agency must develop, implement, and maintain a CCWIS data quality plan in a manner prescribed by ACF and include it as part of Annual or Operational APDs submitted to ACF as required in 45 CFR 95.610. The CCWIS data quality plan must:
(i) Describe the comprehensive strategy to promote data quality including the steps to meet the requirements at paragraphs (d)(1) through (3) of this section; and
(ii) Report the status of compliance with paragraph (d)(1) of this section.
(e) Bi-directional data exchanges. (1) The CCWIS must support efficient, economical, and effective bi-directional data exchanges to exchange relevant data with:
(i) Systems generating the financial payments and claims for titles IV-B and IV-E per paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this section, if applicable;
(ii) Systems operated by child welfare contributing agencies that are collecting or using data described in paragraph (b) of this section, if applicable;
(iii) Each system used to calculate one or more components of title IV-E eligibility determinations per paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this section, if applicable; and
(iv) Each system external to CCWIS used by title IV-E agency staff to collect CCWIS data, if applicable.
(2) To the extent practicable, the title IV-E agency's CCWIS must support one bi-directional data exchange to exchange relevant data, including data that may benefit IV-E agencies and data exchange partners in serving clients and improving outcomes, with each of the following state or tribal systems:
(i) Child abuse and neglect system(s);
(ii) System(s) operated under title IV-A of the Act;
(iii) Systems operated under title XIX of the Act including:
(A) Systems to determine Medicaid eligibility described in 42 CFR 433.111(b)(2)(ii)(A); and
(B) Medicaid Management Information Systems as defined at 42 CFR 433.111(b)(2)(ii)(B);
(iv) Systems operated under title IV-D of the Act;
(v) Systems operated by the court(s) of competent jurisdiction over title IV-E foster care, adoption, and guardianship programs;
(vi) Systems operated by the state or tribal education agency, or school districts, or both.
(f) Data exchange standard requirements. The title IV-E agency must use a single data exchange standard that describes data, definitions, formats, and other specifications upon implementing a CCWIS:
(1) For bi-directional data exchanges between CCWIS and each child welfare contributing agency; and
(2) For data exchanges with systems described under paragraph (e)(1)(iv) of this section.
(g) Automated eligibility determination requirements. (1) A state title IV-E agency must use the same automated function or the same group of automated functions for all title IV-E eligibility determinations.
(2) A tribal title IV-E agency must, to the extent practicable, use the same automated function or the same group of automated functions for all title IV-E eligibility determinations.
(h) Software provision requirement. The title IV-E agency must provide a copy of the agency-owned software that is designed, developed, or installed with FFP and associated documentation to the designated federal repository within the Department upon request.
(i) Submission requirements. (1) Before claiming funding in accordance with a CCWIS cost allocation, a title IV-E agency must submit an APD or, if below the APD submission thresholds defined at 45 CFR 95.611, a Notice of Intent that includes:
(i) A description of how the CCWIS will meet the requirements in paragraphs (a) through (h) of this section and, if applicable § 1355.54;
(ii) A list of all automated functions included in the CCWIS; and
(iii) A notation of whether each automated function listed in paragraph (i)(1)(ii) of this section meets, or when implemented will meet, the following requirements:
(A) The automated function supports at least one requirement of this section or, if applicable § 1355.54;
(B) The automated function is not duplicated within the CCWIS or systems supporting child welfare contributing agencies and is consistently used by all child welfare users responsible for the area supported by the automated function; and
(2) Annual APD Updates and Operational APDs for CCWIS projects must include:
(i) An updated list of all automated functions included in the CCWIS;
(ii) A notation of whether each automated function listed in paragraph (i)(2)(i) of this section meets the requirements of paragraph (i)(1)(iii)(B) of this section; and
(iii) A description of changes to the scope or the design criteria described at § 1355.53(a) for any automated function listed in paragraph (i)(2)(i) of this section.